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Sep 16 2023


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sausalito Books by the Bay


Sausalito Books by the Bay
100 Bay St, Sausalito, CA 94965

Launch Party for Walking Backward

SATURDAY, September 16th, 4 PM
Sausalito Books by the Bay: 100 Bay Street

Host: Margaret Stawowy & Kelsay Books

Plenty of parking. Refreshments will be served.

A collection of thirty-one narrative persona poems that tell a reconstructed story excavated by daughter Margaret Stawowy while caregiving for her mother, Doris, who suffered from dementia. Beginning with a birth certificate that contained inaccuracies, Margaret researched Ancestry and 23andMe to discover that her mother was adopted (something her mother had long suspected). Further, she learned key details and identities of biological family members. These poems tell a story of longing, betrayal, and abandonment while demonstrating how unacknowledged family history can echo through succeeding generations. Come hear these poems to be read by various readers!

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